In accordance with Seattle’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plans as well as the Bridging the Gap levy, the city’s first buffered bike lanes have been installed east and west along N. 130th Street between Linden and Greenwood (the Bitter Lake area). The concept is a “complete street” where walkers and cyclists feel as equally welcome as drivers. The striped buffers provide enough separation, especially on hills where cars go measurably faster than bikes, to enable all parties to focus on the traffic ahead rather than alongside them. And on 130th, as you’ll see, the lanes also allow for dodging car doors potentially being opened by parked drivers on the right.
We took the bike lanes for a video test ride.